Bookstores of Wellington, New Zealand: Arty Bees Books

February 28th, 2012 § 7 comments

Hello! It’s been quite the year-long hiatus… well I’m finally returning after having most recently traveled some countries, including bunkering down in several bookstores in NZ during my stay. Honestly, I planned only two bookstore visits in Wellington according to some recommendations, and was so impressed by the selection and presentation that I proceeded to bookstore hop for an entire day. So even more bookstore reports to come!

Arty Bees Books is located right off Cuba Street in the heart of Wellington, and offers sprawling selections of just about anything– fiction, references, instructional pamphlets, children’s literature, music, histories, rare/old tomes, and most importantly, bizarre bibliophilia curiosities. The best (and strangest) part was that I kept laughing while browsing Arty Bees whether from interesting shelving formations, weird collections displayed proudly, or the endless number of interesting genre placards. That does not happen at chain bookstores!

arty bees front
Sheet music AND imported SFF

Bookstore entrance– information desk landing and some fictions:

info landing

AAH MASS MARKETS AAH! Possibly the only time I will approve of sideways shelving:

info landing

Funny pamphlets! No joke, right underneath “Glasshouse Tomatoes”, “Housing for Adult Poultry”, and “Passionfruit Growing”

Ever-drool-inducing rare book glassfront shelves:

arty bees front



Horrible Histories and Sea Fiction anyone?

From the curiosities shelf– I almost bought this book. I dare you to tell me you’ve never wanted a bar soap stub condenser!


Lastly, check out the Old and Cherished section (yes it’s called old and cherished) with adorable labels.




Basically, incredibly large selection, helpful staff, cute store, and personally, right up there alongside Powell’s on the amazing bookstore list!

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